Israel is in uproar over the additional taxes that the Roman Emperor is afflicting the Jews with - none more so that the Zealots, expounders of the Holy Torah. They long for a king to rescue the nation from oppression, and at first the headstrong Joel is convinced that he has found him in Jesus, who is being proclaimed Messiah (Savior). At the cost of his own happiness with beautiful Tamar, he ventures forth to meet this holy man - but he encounters a Messiah of peace instead of war. Along with a dissenting disciple called Judas, Joel still believes that the Zealots can crown Jesus of Nazareth a conquering King. In this historical epic based on true Biblical incidents and characters, the viewer is confronted afresh with the seeming contradiction of the Prince of Peace. As the tale unfolds, almost all inner conflicts that we face in our search for real truth are tactfully - and sometimes brutally exposed. What is of greater value - spiritless theological dogma or the Kingdom of God? These and more questions are raised and answered in this timeless masterpiece by director Irving Pichel that will leave a lasting impression...and possibly a re-examination of all that we hold is true.